Langtang, Gosaikunda Lake and Helambu Trek

Group Size: Min 1 to Max 8                    Maximum Altitude: Tserko Ri (5000m/16,404ft)                             Trip Grade: Moderate

Total duration: 18 days                           Start from: Kathmandu                                                                        End at: Kathmandu


Langtang, Gosaikunda Lake and Helambu Trek also called Gosaikunda Trek or Langtang Gosaikunda Trek is a trek to the holy glacial lake Gosaikunda at an altitude of 4,320 meters above sea level. The lake melts and sips down to form the Trishuli River and remains frozen for six months from October to June. According to Hindu religious epics, Gosaikunda Lake is believed to have been created by Lord Shiva when he thrust his Trishul (holy trident) into a mountain to extract water to cool his stinging throat after he had swallowed poison to save mankind. As it carries a religious importance, the site is visited by hundreds of thousands of Pilgrims in festival Janai Purnima which falls in the month of August on a full moon day.

The trip starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche from where we start on leg. Two days of trek from Dhunche takes us to Gosaikunda where we rest for a day, explore around, take bath in the holy lake and rest to let our body get used to altitude. Next day we start trek again and cross Laurebina Pass at 4,610 meters and walk for three more days to reach back to Sundarijal from where we drive to Kathmandu for an hour.

Trip Highlights:

  • Guided trek for 7 days through forests, waterfalls, mountains and monasteries
  • Stunning views of Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu peaks
  • Long bus rides with pretty views
  • Glacial lake with great religious importance
  • Highest points in trail are at Tserko Ri (5000m/16,404ft), Gosaikaikunda Lake at 4,320m and Laurebina Pass at 4,610m
  • 2 free day at Gosaikunda and Kyanjingto rest, explore and let your body get used to altitude 

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu  (3 Nights)
  • Teahouses during trekking  (14 Nights)
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner during trek
  • An English speaking knowledgeable trekking guide and 1 porter for 2 guests
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  • All paper work and permits for trekking.
  • All ground transportation will be in private vehicles 
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinner with Nepalese cultural dance
  • All Government and Local Taxes   

Trip Cost Excludes:

  •  Tips and personal expenses (Laundry, drinks,phone,beverages,battery recharge,bottle water,shower etc)

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1300 meters)

On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from our office will greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. You’ll have rest of the day at leisure. 
Overnight : Hotel in Kathmandu

Included Meals: Welcome Dinner

 

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing with trek preparation

Kathmandu’s Durbar Square: is one of three royal palace squares in the Kathmandu Valley. This site was the royal residence until the 19th century where important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch use to take place. 

Swoyambhunath Temple: This Buddhist Stupa, said to be 2000 years old is a perfect architecture of gilded spire and white washed dome located under thousands of fluttering prayer flags. 

Pashupatinath Temple: Pashupatinath, a pagoda style Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is considered to be the powerhouse of Hindu spiritual power in religious terms. 

BoudhnathStupa: Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list, this enormous stupa where thousands of pilgrims gather daily to make a ritual circumnavigation of the dome, beneath the watchful eyes of the Buddha, which gaze out from the gilded central tower.

Overnight Hotel in Kathmandu

Included Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 03 : Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1550 meters) via Dhunche7-8hrs

Travelling through Trishuli (Nuwakot) we drive for  7 to 8 hours to Syabrubesi via Dhunche on the rough roads.  The views on the way are very pretty. 

Overnight: Teahouse Lodge in Syabrubesi

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 04 :Trek from Syabru gaon to Lama Hotel (2380 meters) 5hrs

The trail descends along the ridge on Syabru's main street and then drop to the Ghopche Khola (2050 m.) and again descends to the Landslide (1810m.). Afterwards, you trek ascends gently to Rimche (2400m.) through Bamboo (1960m.) and at the end your trail is level to the Lama Hotel. En route you could see red pandas, monkey and bear if you are lucky.

Overnight: Teahouse Lodge in Lama Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 05 :Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang Village (3430m)

Your gentle climb to begin with soon steepens high above the river to Ghora Tabela. (2970m). You will soon find yourself in open country with scattered Tamang settlements.  You will have climbed nearly 100m today relatively steadily.  The village here is home to some yak herds and cheese factories, worth exploring if you have the energy.

Overnight:  Teahouse Lodge in Langtang Village

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 06: Trek from Langtang Village to Kyajing Gompa (3870m) 3hrs

You will climb to the ridge this morning marked with a big chorten and some Mani walls, from here you will have views of Kyanjing Gompa and the icefall from Langtang Lirung surrounded by snowy mountains.  You will be walking for around 3 hours today so time to explore the area this afternoon.

Overnight:  Teahouse Lodge in Kyajing

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 07: Rest Day at Kyanjing and Explore Tserko Ri (5000m/16,404ft) 7-8 hours

This is a day to rest and explore Tserko Ri to help our body get used to altitude. We get back to Kyangjin Gompa by late afternoon and explore the beautiful monastery while enjoying views of the Himalayas, glaciers, birds and yaks.

Overnight:  Teahouse Lodge in Kyanjing

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 08: Trek from Kyajing Gompa to Lama Hotel

You will return the way you came today following the Langtang Khola river to Langtang Village and on to Ghora Tabela and down to Lama Hotel

Overnight: iTeahouse Lodge n Lama Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day09: Trek from Lama Hotel to Thulo Syabru besi (5hrs)

The beginning of your journey today is very pretty and offers magnificent views.  You will begin descending gently before it steepens to Syabrubesi, taking about 5 hours in total.

Overnight: Teahouse Lodge in Syabrubesi

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 10: Trek from Thulo Syabrubesi to Sing Gompa (3350m) 6hrs

Your day’s walk of 6 hours will take you to Sing Gompa climbing steadily for the majority of the day until you see the small Buddhist Monastery of Sing Gompa where you will spend the night.

Overnight: Teahouse Lodge in Sing Gompa

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 11: Trek from Sing Gompa to Gosaikunda (4320m)
You start with a climb through rhododendron forests this morning, if you are here during the spring, enjoy the fabulous colours as the trees are in bloom, eventually you will emerge at the saddle of Chalang Pati (3380m), you will soon enter the Gosainkunda protected area.  There are few places to stop for water today so be sure you have enough on you.  You will enjoy great views along the ridge of Langtang Lirung from the north and looking west you can see Ganesh Himal and Manaslu, Tibet is also visible in the distance.  Shortly the lakes will come in to view as the climb continues gently, you will then drop to the third lake, the Gosainkunda (4320m).

Overnight: Teahouse Lodge in Gosaikunda

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 12: Acclimatization in Gosaikunda
People come here to worship and bath in the lake during full moon festivals every August. It is believed that the large rock in the centre of the lake is said to be the remains of a Shiva shrine and it is also claimed that channel carries water from the lake directly to the tank at the Kumbheshwar Temple in Patan of Kathmandu valley. In this festival,  thousands of Hindu pilgrims from Nepal  and India come to take holy bath in the lake.

Overnight: Teahouse Lodge in Gosaikunda

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 13: Trek from Gosaikunda to Laurebinayak Pass to Ghopte (4610m) 7hrs
To begin with you will follow the north side of the Gosaikunda lake before climbing towards the pass of Laurebina La (4610m), on the way you will see more lakes as you go. You will find many cairns on the pass, from here you will begin your descent through some summer pastures to Phedi (3740m) and Dupi Chaur (3630m) and finally to Ghopte (3440m).

Overnight: Teahouse Lodge in Ghopte

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 14: Trek from Ghopte to Melamchi gaon 2,560m/8,399ft 6-7 hrs

From Ghopte, the trail descends to more caves and enters a thick forest of rhododendrons. After crossing a stream, which is dry for part of the year, the trail will make a final ascent to Tharepati (3510m), a group of small stone huts used in the summer months by herders. Here we'll take a moment to climb the hill to the east of the ridge for views of DorjeLakpa, Shisha Pangama (8013m) and peaks all the way to Khumbu. From Tharepati trek to Melamchi gaon.

Overnight: Teahouse Lodge in Melamchi gaon

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
 
Day 15: Melamchigaon to Tarkeghyang 2,590m/8,498ft 5-6 hrs

Overnight: Teahouse Lodge in Tarkeghyang

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
 
Day 16: Tarkeghyang to Sermathang 2,610m/8,563ft 3-5 hrs

Overnight: Teahouse Lodge in Sermathang

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
Day 17: Trek  to Melamchi Bazar  ; Drive back to Kathmandu

Day with good views of Helambu valley and walking up and down the along the ridge all day and climb up to Chisapani for good Sun set views. Ascend up to Borlang Bhanjyang 2430 m and descend down steeply to Melamchi Bazar. From Melamchi Bazar we drive to Kathmandu  for 1 hr.

You spend the last evening in Kathmandu in a farewell dinner together sharing photos recalling the excitements of trip and exchanging emails in one of the traditional Nepalese restaurant.

Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu.
Included Meals:  Breakfast, Fare well  Dinner

 

Day 18:  Airport Transfer
Today after breakfast you are in leisure on your own. You will be escorted to airport for your flight home at your flight time.

Included Meals: Breakfast
 

 

IS THIS NOT WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR ? DESIGN YOUR OWN TRIP

You can design your own trip exactly how you like it according to your requirements, travel dates and budget.

 

Please email us or call us at +977 9841414582 and we will happily organize your trip on the date appropriate for you.

Best Months for Langtang Gosaikunda Trek

The springtime from March, April, May and the autumn months from September, October, November is considered the best months for this trek.
 

Maximum Altitude in this trek: Tserko Ri (5000m/16,404ft)   

Disclaimer

Your safety is our most important concern while traveling with Eve Holidays. Please note that adventure travel goes to the remote part of the mountain where weather conditions, unexpected natural disasters and delay or cancellation of flights can affect the itinerary. Every effort will be made to keep to the itinerary but your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns, without any pre consultation with clients. So please be prepared to be flexible if required.

In case the trip has to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, you are free to choose an alternative trip such as a trek in the Everest, Annapurna, or any other region, or sightseeing tours, equivalent to the same price (If trip price is more it will cost you the difference between the two trips ). If you are not interested in the alternative trip, please note that there will be no refund. So, please make sure you have an adequate travel insurance.

 

Nepal Tourist Visa & Visa Fee

You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos with accurate USD for visa fee.

15 days - US $ 30.00 for 15 days single/multiple entry.
30 days - US $ 50.00 for 30 days single/multiple entry.
90 days - US $ 125.00 for 90 days single/multiple entry.
 
For more information please visit Department of Immigration of Nepal

 

Weather

Weather in the mountains is difficult to predict.  Spring season ( March to May) and Autumn ( September to November ) is considered the best months for Langtang Gosaikunda Trek. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for trekking, only issue is cold. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July, August) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a good choice for botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed. 


Experience Required

Anyone who is fit and healthy and have a habit of walking for few of hours a day can do this trek. However walking in higher altitude is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance your stamina. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lungs and blood diseases are required to consult their doctor before taking the trip. It is also advised that you inform Eve Holidays about the medical condition before booking the trek.

 

Acclimatization

All of Eve Holidays trekking itineraries are planned keeping in mind the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Going up at higher altitude too fast causes a medical condition called AMS which is serious enough to kill if neglected. We are well aware that it is essential to allow you sufficient time for acclimatization to minimize the risk. However it is important to remember that some people are more vulnerable than others.

 

Packing  List

It is recommended that you carry a light 35-50L rucksack with your personal belongings that you may need handy such as camera, hat, glasses, gloves, sun creams, first-aid kit, toothpaste/brush, soap/ towel, and other personal items.

To keep yourself hydrated at high altitude, always remember to carry water container with at least 1 litre of water in your backpack.  Around base camp you will need your down jacket. Here is the guideline of Equipment and Packing List


Trekking Guides

All our trekking guides are highly experienced, well trained and Government Licensed guides. As we focus on employing women, we  provide female trekking guides and tour guides. Male guides can be provided on request.


Accommodation

We use standard rooms in hotels/guesthouses in Kathmandu. Along the trekking routes, you stay in teahouses that generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. Accommodation are on twin sharing basis. The accommodation in lodges in trekking routes can be single and double rooms, or a dormitory. The toilets in tea houses provide essential and basic facilities and are always outside the room. Single supplement will be provided on request and will cost an additional. Although single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation, it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations. Hotels in Kathmandu can be upgraded to 4 star and 5 star in an additional cost. 


Meals

Meals ( Nepalese Dal Bhat) are included in trip cost. While on trekking, usually, each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge where you will stay and lunch will be on the way. We make it sure that the food is hygienic and at the same time suits your palate. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu.


Means of Transportation

All ground tansportation will be in comfortable private vehicles

 

Communication while trekking

Our guides will have their local mobile phones, in case you want to make international calls or want to provide your number to your family for the call back to you. Any international calls made, you can pay to the guide. 


Insurance Coverage

One MUST have travel insurance policy to join any of Eve Holidays trips. You must be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs and theft and loss) and also trip cancellation. We don't arrange or sell insurance.

 

Departure Dates

The trekking will be arranged for you according to your needs. So, please contact us for your required departure date.  Best Months: March to May & September to November. You can have a look at our fixed departure dates to see if that suits your plans.

 

Contact Us

Information required for this trip is provided here. If you want to consult any aspect of the trip, please feel free to email us or give us a call at +977 9841414582.

Me and my friends trekked to Langtang Gosaikunda. The trek was challenging but spectacular. Eve holidays was great organizing everything in a very professional manner. I would recommend them to anyone

David Faber & Kate